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Indianapolis Mayor Denounces Indiana’s Religious Objections Law and Reaffirms City’s Openness

Amid the ongoing furor that’s tarnishing Indiana’s economic image, Greg Ballard calls on his fellow Republicans to extend state civil rights protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

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In Raleigh, State Lawmakers Throw Wrench in City's Central Park Plan. Again.

City leaders have an agreement to buy a giant piece of state land to create their own grand central park. But new legislation may pit municipal leaders against the highest bidder.

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Public-Private Partnerships Require a Sophisticated Approach

In a guest article, former Miami-Dade County Manager George Burgess discusses how P3s can be very effective to control project costs and reduce public-sector risk.

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Unwelcome times in the Hoosier State.

What Makes Indiana's Religious Freedom Law Different?

The new statute's defenders claim it simply mirrors existing federal rules, but it contains two provisions that put new obstacles in the path of equality.

Gowanus Canal runs through Brooklyn in 2014.

A Grimly Fascinating Map of Toxic Spills in Brooklyn

The borough is splattered with escaped pollutants like oil, paint, raw sewage, and mystery blood.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the controversial legislation last week.

Another City Government Announces Indiana Travel Ban

With the Hoosier State’s national image damaged over its new “discriminatory law,” more pressure is building from mayors, business and tech leaders.

Next Stop on Route Fifty’s ‘Roadmap’ Roadtrip: Kansas

With KanVote, a former state lawmaker aims to make it easier to vote in the Sunflower State.

Questions Simmer in Oregon Over Legality of Local Marijuana Taxes

Measure 91 prohibits local taxes on recreational weed, but that’s not stopping some cities and counties from trying to assert home rule.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence held a news conference Thursday on the bill.

The Economics of Religious Freedom Bills

Legislation signed in Indiana this week could allow businesses to discriminate against same-sex couples. Other companies are hitting back.

An artist's rendering of a high-speed train station in California.

Another Reason to Love California High-Speed Rail: It's Drought-Friendly

Despite what critics say, the project will encourage higher-density growth—and save precious water over the long term.

The carpeting at Portland International Airport has been a focus of local obsession, but Portland is also dealing with bigger issues.

Portland’s Pressing Civic Issues Are Bigger Than the Design of Airport Carpet

Among other issues in the City of Roses: An upcoming vote on Uber’s reintroduction and ‘Ban the Box’ discussions.

The Feedback Loop That Will Make America's Richest Cities Even Richer

Certain multisyllabic phrases—geographic sorting, economic agglomeration, cumulative advantage—are all fancy ways of saying smart young people move toward jobs and density.